Yes We Are, Democrats

Webster defines a Democrat as an adherent to Democracy or one who practices social equality, Democracy meaning Government by the people or rule of the majority government in which the supreme power is vested in and exercised through a system of representation involving periodical held free elections. We participate in a Republic form of government having a chief of state who is not a monarch and who in modern times is a president, a government in which a supreme power resides in a body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and representatives responsible to them and governing according to law.

The oldest party in the united states is the Democratic party originally known as the Democratic-Republican Party until the 1830’s when Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren formed today’s Democratic Party.  During the same period a faction representing the new Wig Party was formed today it is known as the Republican Party. The new Democratic Party became a coalition of farmers, city-dwelling laborers, and Irish Catholics. Democrats opposed elites and aristocrats, the Bank of the United States, and the whiggish modernizing programs that would build up industry at the expense of the laborer or independent small farmer. Today our modern parties have evolved yet have not changed their basic principles.

We are Doctors, Lawyers, Businessmen, Corporate CEO’s, Scientists, Teachers, System Administrators, Programmers, Policemen, Fire Fighters, Laborers, Builders, and we are proud Americans. We practice a religious faith and some do not because of freedom of choice. We are husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, children, aunts, uncles and grandparents. We have contributed to the greatness of the United States and have served our country in the armed services. We believe that every man and women deserve equal opportunities to compete in the workforce and not be discriminated against because of race, color, religious preference; sexual orientation or age and we practice these principles. We believe that it is the right of every man and women to earn a living and share in the fruits of our nation as a result of their labor. We believe that all Americans no matter their economic status are entitled to Social Security and Health Care after retirement so that they may live the rest of their lives in dignity. We believe that charity begins at home and that the fortunate must help provide for the unfortunate.

We believe that Capitalism should promote the common good through economic systems and business acumen of fair wages and humane benefits and promotion of individual advancement. We believe this is only attainable when American students are properly prepared in their elementary and high school years of education; who will than be provided with equal and affordable access to higher education.

Finally, we believe there is a higher order governing our great nation. We believe our system of governing although not perfect is the greatest form of government bestowed on any people.

By: Vito J. Delgorio Sr.

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